The Nature of Politics in Fruitport, Michigan
Ehrean, Glenn T.
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For years political theorists and sociologists from Robert Dahl to C. Wright Mills have analyzed the structures, conflicts, and elites within cities large and small. Their works and (humbly) even mine show that there is plenty to be explained and analyzed about any polity. In this tradition, I have pursued a political exploration of my own small community, Fruitport, Michigan. My intention was to understand the politics of the Fruitport area - what issues lead to conflict, how they are resolved, and the factors that determine the outcome. More specifically, I sought to determine the elitist or pluralist nature of Fruitport area politics. To this end, I first determined who, if anyone, really rules. In order to address the questions I raised above, I focused on two contentious issues that have occurred within the last three years. The first is a conflict that arose concerning a proposed bond issue for the Fruitport Community Schools. The second concerned a proposed vacation (abolition) of the Fruitport Village Government which would then put the area of the village back under the auspices of the township government. By studying the conflicts and persons involved in these issues, I hope to provide the reader a portrait of small town politics.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.